Sockers Drop Two on Weekend Road Trip

Sockers Drop Two on Weekend Road Trip
HOUSTON, TX—Concluding an arduous stretch that saw them play six-of-seven games on the road during a 32-day run, Sockers FC (3-7-2, 11 points) fell to the Houston Dutch Lions, 4-1, on Sunday night at WoodForest Stadium.
Combined with a close, 2-1 loss to the Austin Aztex on July 5, the Sockers ended the trip with a 2-4 record during those six matches, yet they did not move in the standings.  The Sockers remain in sole possession of fourth place in the Premier Development League Mid-South division.  Mathematically, the team will finish in either fourth or fifth in the six-team league.
Against the Dutch Lions, the Sockers fell behind early, when Houston forward Thomas Verhaar scored his third goal of the season in the fifth minute.  In the 30th minute, Verhaar struck again, assisting on Jelle va Kruijssen’s sixth goal.
Sockers forward David Gonzalez brought the team within one goal in the 40th minute with his fourth goal of the year; he is now second on the team in goals and points (9).  Any momentum the team carried into halftime from the goal was quickly dissipated, though, when Gonzalez was given a red card for a reckless tackle in the 47th minute.
The Dutch Lions put the game out of reach with two late second-half goals by David Galindo (78th minute) and Walter Kromholz (assisted by Kyle Herbison in the 87th minute).
Austin 2, Sockers 1—July 5
The Austin Aztex (9-1-1, 28 points) have held at least a share of first place in the Mid-South division since Opening Day.  Making their only visit of the season to the state capital, the Sockers did their best to erase the memory of last season’s 7-0 loss on the Aztex’ home pitch.
Sockers midfielder Andres Maldonado gave the team a 1-0 lead in the 30th minute with his third goal of the season.  That score held until the 58th minute when Austin forward Julio Cuero tied the game on an assist from Jesus Cortes.
In the 86th minute Cuero netted the game-winner, this time from Daniel Riley.
The Sockers were outshot 21-6 in the match, and the team did not record a shot on goal in the second half.  Additionally, the club was whistled for 20 fouls to Austin’s 11.
The Sockers conclude the regular season with two home matches next week: versus the Aztex on Thursday (July 18) and the Laredo Heat on Saturday (July 20).  July 18 is a Thirsty Thursday with half-price beverages during the game, and the first 1,000 fans on July 20 will receive a free Sockers window cling with their paid admission.
Tickets are on sale now at, the Citibank Ballpark ticket office, or 432.520.2255.


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